Back Cover: Love’s recovery starts with a single step . . .
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs-a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.
After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she’s too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons-something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember.
Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn’t anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him-starting with himself.
My Review: Marriage is hard work. The Dance is a great example of what happens when one partner doesn't put in the work needed to keep a marriage strong. Jim has no clue why Marilyn left him. He doesn't see it coming, and at first he views things as completely her fault. Through the help of new friends, and his children, Jim begins to see himself through his wife's eyes, but more importantly he learns the lessons that he needs to be the husband that God wants him to be. This book is full of good advice that can be applied to every marriage, no matter how good things are. Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley team up to give us a story that will leave a lasting impression. Just a note, I needed a box of tissues by the end. This book moved me to tears. Praise God for friends who would step up and show Jim what it meant to be a husband like Christ. I can't wait to read the next book that these men put out.
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to readers of contemporary Christian fiction, and fans of Dan Walsh.
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